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  • Canada: Cheating students punished by thousands, but many more go undetected

    A CBC survey of Canadian universities shows more than 6,800 students were disciplined for academic cheating in 2011-12, a finding experts say falls well short of the number of students who actually cheat.

    In the first survey of its kind, CBC News contacted 54 universities and asked them to provide the number of 2011-12 academic misconduct cases that went through a formal discipline process.

    Forty-one institutions supplied data, showing less than one per cent of total students were affected.

    “There's a huge gap between what students are telling us they're doing and the numbers of students that are being caught and sanctioned for those behaviours,” said Julia Christensen Hughes, dean of the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario.


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    Soaring tuition costs force students to work more hours: analysis

    Many university students have to work double, triple and in some cases six times the number of hours in minimum-wage jobs to afford tuition costs compared to 40 years ago, according to Statistics Canada data analyzed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

    According to the data, which track tuition costs from 1975 to 2013, the average number of minimum-wage hours needed to pay for an undergraduate degree in 1975 was 230. That number went up nearly 2½ times to 570 by 2013.



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      Most university undergrads now taught by poorly paid part-timers

      Kimberley Ellis Hale has been an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., for 16 years. This summer, while teaching an introductory course in sociology, she presented her students with a role-playing game to help them understand how precarious economic security is for millions of Canadian workers.

      In her scenario, students were told they had lost their jobs, their marriage had broken up, and they needed to find someplace to live. And they had to figure out a way to live on just $1,000 a month.

      What those students didn’t know was the life they were being asked to imagine was not very different than the life of their instructor.